Fall Playbook_2022_web

Bellingham Parks & Recreation Leisure Guide

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FALL PLAYBOOK 2022 | BELLINGHAM PARKS & RECREATION Family/Community Events 16 Parks Volunteer Program MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY COMMUNITY WORK PARTY Come Join Us Join the City of Bellingham, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), and the Whatcom Million Trees Project (WMTP) as we care for a beloved local park at our annual Make a Difference Day and Arbor Day community work party. Join us at: Whatcom Falls Park Saturday, October 22nd from 9 am to noon Together, we will plant native trees and shrubs along Whatcom Creek to improve water quality, recover downstream salmon habitat, and restore our forests for wildlife. Tools, gloves, instruction, coffee, snacks, and FREE Papa John's pizza provided. All ages and abilities are welcome. No previous volunteer experience necessary. Space in this work party is limited! Please register in advance for this free event. To register and learn more, visit cob.org/madd2022. Stewardship in Your Backyard If you can't join our work party, you can still be a part of this national day of helping others by creating wildlife habitat in your own backyard or neighborhood. Enhancing habitat attracts birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, beautifies our neighborhoods, and improves air and water quality, which benefits everyone in our community. Visit our Backyard Habitat Restoration and Manage Weeds Naturally webpages for tips and ideas on you can safely remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, and improve soil and water quality, all while having fun with your family and neighbors. These resources were compiled by City biologists and weed management experts to help your backyard stewardship efforts succeed. cob.org/backyard–habitat and cob.org/weeds Become a Park Steward and Volunteer Independently Adopt your local park, trail or open space for Make A Difference Day and beyond! Park Stewards are long-term volunteers who work independently after receiving training and direction. Park Stewards can volunteer individually or as a group. This is a great way to get the whole family involved! Learn more about how to get involved in habitat restoration at cob.org/parkvolunteer.

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